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Monday, January 28, 2013.

Vol. 17-2013-01-28

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COTA in Action

Thank you all for your supporting on COTA activities during TRB!

Hope all of you who just attended the 92nd TRB Annual Conference in Washington D.C. had a wonderful time in participating series of COTA activities. This year, we had one of the the most successful and well-organized COTA Symposiums; And, we had a wonderful party night of COTA Annual Reception during TRB, with surprisingly overflowing people all around the world.
Thanks all COTA BODs, members and students who volunteer contributed their efforts to make these happen. Thanks all COTA members and friends for your great supporting!
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Final Reminding - CALL FOR PAPERS: 13th COTA International Conference of Transportation Professionals(CICTP 2013), -- Shenzhen, China, August 13 - 16, 2013. - Deadline is Extending to January 31, 2013. CFP-English-Final Version 1.1.pdf

China in Development

Intertraffic China 2013; Connecting Innovation to Infrastructure -- Shanghai, China. March 4 - 6, 2013.

2013 International Highway Technology Summit -- Beijinghina April 16 - 18, 2013.

CRTS China 2013 - No.1 Rail Transit Exhibition in Asia -- Shanghai, China. April 28 - 30, 2013.

China International Urban Mass Transit Expro 2013 -- Guangzhou, China. May 9 - 11, 2013.

ITS Expro 2013 (Shenzhen) -- Shenzhen, China. May 28 - 30, 2013.

Rail+Metro China 2013 -- Shanghai, China. June 4 - 6, 2013.

2013 China (Guangzhou) Int'l Exhibition & Conference on Intelligent Transportation and Internet of Things -- Guangzhou, China. June 18 - 20, 2013.

The Tenth ACM International Workshop on VehiculAr Inter-NETworking, Systems, and Applications (ACM VANET 2013) -- Taipei, Taiwan. June 25, 2013.

CITP 2013 - the 5th International Intelligent Transportation and Parking Equiptment Exhibition -- Shanghai, China. June 25 - 27, 2013.

Whether ITS is helpful in dealing with the challenge of the Spring Festival travel season in China?

The challenge of traffic problems in China cities and the analysis of marketing requirements of Chinese ITS industry.

The "China Climate Communique Annual Bulletin" quantifies the impact of road traffic by weather factors.

Current status of connected vehicle networking in China.

Remote hosting center for traffic signal control.

How to release the traffic congestion in Chinese cities: discussion starting from the Chinese-style pedestrain crossing patterns.

Read free: Residential location, transport rationales and daily-life travel behavior: The case of Hangzhou Metropolitan Area, China .
This new paper published in Progress in Planning uses interviews to understand how residential location influences travel in Hangzhou, China. The author discovers a number of influential factors including rationales for activity participation, location of activities, travel modes and routes.

North America

AERIS Fall/Winter 2012-13 Webinar Series Announcement.

HSR Summit 2013, -- Washington, DC , February 11 - 13, 2013.

IVI Connected In-vehicle Infotainment Global Summit Carlifornia 2013, –- San Francisco, CA, February 12 - 13, 2013.

ITE 2013 Technical Conference and Exhibit, –- San Diego, CA, March 3 - 6, 2013.

Preliminary Program: ITS America Annual Meeting. -- Nashville, TN, April 22-24 - 17, 2013.

GIS-T Symposium, -- Boise, Idaho, May 5 - 8, 2013.

Call for abstracts: the 2013 National Rural ITS Conference -- Saint Cloud, Minnesota.

T3 Webinar Overview: Road Weather Management Best Practices.

Concern Mounts over 5.9 GHz Band Spectrum Sharing, Future of Connected Vehicle Program.

RITA: Dynamic Mobility Applications.

The U.S. Department of Transportation Seeks Stakeholder Input on the Next ITS Strategic Research Plan, 2015-2019.

ITS JPO Newsletter January 2013.

IIHS: Red-Light Cameras Improve Safety, Reduce Violations.
Traffic cameras cause a lot of controversy. Some folks appreciate the way that the mere presence of a camera can make motorists drive more cautiously. Others see them as a scam foisted on the public by for-profit companies, working in cahoots with local police departments.
But the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has just conducted a new study, which reveals that one type of traffic cam -- the red-light camera -- can significantly reduce the number of drivers who run red lights and, theoretically, the many accidents they cause.

Study: U.S. Airports, ATC System Should Be Self Supporting.
A new Reason Foundation study argues that U.S. passenger airports could support themselves and fund capacity improvements with user fees and long-term financing, eliminating the need for government grants from the Airport Improvement Program (AIP). The study by the libertarian research organization also proposes spinning off the FAA’s Air Traffic Organization (ATO) into a separate federal entity that charges users for ATC services.

Understanding the Contributions of Operations, Technology, and Design to Meeting Highway Capacity Needs.
TRB’s second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) Capacity Project C05 has released a prepublication, non-edited draft version of a report titled Understanding the Contributions of Operations, Technology, and Design to Meeting Highway Capacity Needs that explores methodologies designed to help effectively determine the capacity gain that might be expected from candidate operational improvements relative to the capacity gain that would be provided by constructing additional capacity.

IEEE ITS SOCIETY NEWSLETTER: Vol. 15, No. 1 January 2013.
The Center for Urban Transportation Research of the University of South Florida has released the latest issue of its Journal of Public Transportation.

Public Roads: Linking Drivers and Roads.

ODOT Launches to Save Motorist Time and Money.

Hazmat emergency? There’s an app for that; PHMSA makes first responders’ Emergency Response Guidebook available as free mobile app.

Toward a National Freight Data Architecture: TTI Researches the First Steps.

Audi’s Cars Can Now Park Themselves; Driving Themselves Is Not Far Behind.

This year's TRB isn't over yet and attendee travel patterns can clready be visualized!


World ATM Congress 2013, -- Madrid, Spain, February, 12 - 14, 2013.

V2X for Auto Safety and Mobility Europe 2013, -- Frankfurt, Germany, February, 20 - 21, 2013.

Call for paper: 16th International IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transport System, -- The Hague, The Netherlands, October 6 - 9, 2013.

Call for paper: 13th International Conference Intelligent Transportation Systems Telecommunications (ITST-2013), -- Tampere, Finland, October 16 - 18, 2013.

Final Call for Abstracts: 3rd International Conference on Driver Distraction and Inattention.

Call for nominee: Young Researcher of the Year Award 2013.

Traffex 2013 - The 26th International Traffic Engineering, Road Safety and Highways Maintenance Exhibition, -- Birmingham, UK, April 16 - 18, 2013.

eSafetyAware Grant Application Deadline.

New EU Project Supports Intelligent Mobility.

Which Comes First, Contactless Transit Fares or Widespread Adoption of Contactless Credit Cards?

Research in Transportation Business & Management.

Australia & New Zealand

4th Road Safety International Conference. -- Sydney, March 4 -5, 2013.

AITPM National Conference 2013.


Middle East

3rd Annual Road Planning and Construction - Middle East, -- Doha, Qatar, February 25 - 28, 2013.

17th IRF World Meeting & Exhibition Riyadh, -- Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, November 9 - 13, 2013.

Presentation: Bringing Intelligence to Transportaton Systems in Abu Dhabi.


Airports Cities World Conference & Exhibition, -- Ekurhuleni, South Africa, April 24 - 26, 2013.

Road Trans Africa 2013, -- Johannesburg, South Africa, June 24 - 27, 2013.

Aviation Outlook Africa, -- Johannesburg, South Africa, June 24 - 27, 2013.

AfricaRail, -- Johannesburg, South Africa, June 24 - 27, 2013.

Africa Ports & Harbours Show, -- Johannesburg, South Africa, June 24 - 27, 2013.


9th International Freight Forwarders Conference, -- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March 16 - 18, 2013.

14th Road Engineering Association of Asia & Australasia (REAAA) Conference 2013, -- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March 26 - 28, 2013.

2013 Intertraffic Istanbul, -- Istanbul, Turkyy, May 29 - 31, 2013.

COTA Community

Dr, Jeff Ban, Assistant Professor of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), won The CUTC/ARTBA New Faculty Award.
The CUTC/ARTBA New Faculty Award is given annually to a tenure-track faculty member in transportation education. The award purpose is to recognize outstanding teaching and research contributions to the transportation field.

Dr. Xuegang (Jeff) Ban is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). He received his B.S. and M.S. in Automobile Engineering from Tsinghua University, and his M.S. in Computer Sciences and Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. His research interests are in Transportation Network Modeling and Simulation, Urban Traffic Modeling and Operations, and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). He teaches courses on transportation and traffic engineering, network analysis, and traffic control and simulation.

He was awarded the 2012 New Faculty Award by the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) and American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).

Dr. Xiao Qin, Assistant Professor of the South Dakota State University won the 2012 Best Paper Award presented by TRB Statistical Methods Committee (ABJ 80).
Dr. Qin won the 2012 Best Paper Award presented by TRB Statistical Methods Committee (ABJ 80) for the paper “Quantile Effects of Factors on Crash Distributions”, Transportation Research Record 2279, pp. 40-46. This is his second Best Paper Award and the first time was 2008 for the paper “Variable Selection Issues In Tree-Based Regression Models”.

Dr. Qin, Ph.D., P.E. is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the South Dakota State University. Prior to joining SDSU, he managed the Traffic Safety Research Program at the Traffic Operations and Safety (TOPS) Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Qin’s research interests include highway safety, traffic operations, ITS, and GIS applications in Transportation (GIS-T). He received his Ph.D. in the Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Connecticut.

16th Internaltional Conference; Road Safety on Four Continents. -- Beijing, China. May 15 - 17, 2013.

Job Opportunities

Faculty Job in China: Shanghai Jiaotong University.

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